Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Public safety

Police: Tarpon High student had loaded gun in pocket

TARPON SPRINGS — A Tarpon Springs High School junior was arrested Monday after an anonymous tipster alerted police that the student brought a weapon to school.

Police quickly nabbed the 16-year-old, who never made any threats. Classes and other activities weren't disrupted at the school, 1411 Gulf Road, said Melanie Marquez Parra, spokeswoman for the Pinellas County School District.

A school resource officer removed Dre'Tonio Maitez Greer from a classroom about 8 a.m. He admitted to having a .32-caliber pistol in a pocket of a pair of shorts underneath his jeans.

The gun had three bullets in its magazine, but none in the chamber, according to a news release from the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

Greer, who lives at 728 Mango Circle in Tarpon Springs, told police that he found the gun a few days before in some bushes on Meres Boulevard. He brought the gun to school, he said, for protection from some other Tarpon High students with whom he had ongoing problems with outside of school.

The weapon's serial number had been filed down, police said.

Greer was taken to the Pinellas County Juvenile Detention Center and charged with two felonies: possession of a firearm on school grounds and carrying a concealed firearm.

Principal Clint Herbic will send an automatic phone message to families of the school's 1,452 students later Monday, Parra said.

Charlie Frago can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4159. You can follow him on Twitter @CharlieFrago.

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